NFTY Pittsburgh Youth Advisor

Union for Reform Judaism

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Jobcode™: casem
Employment type
Part time
Company name
Union for Reform Judaism

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Job Summary – Year 1:

1.    To coordinate Pittsburgh-wide youth engagement among local URJ congregations

2.    To provide opportunities for teens acrossPittsburghto engage Jewishly and socially with one another

3.    To support a strong NFTY presence among Jewish teens and congregations inPittsburgh

4.    To advance teen engagement in Jewish life in thePittsburgharea

5.    To support a youth movement across thePittsburgharea in which professionals, teens, and families invest in and strengthen the caliber of teen engagement in Judaism.


6.    Be a part of the process to develop a NFTY Pittsburgh 3 year plan


Essential Functions & Expectations:


1.    Plan, implement and oversee NFTY Pittsburgh youth events ensuring events are youth led, generally evaluated as outstanding experiences, safe, according to NFTY policy, and within budget.

- Engage 72 individual/separate teens throughout year 1

- Four (4) NFTY Pittsburgh events per year, at least one focusing on Leadership Development

2.    Effectively communicate NFTY Pittsbugh teen related information to clergy, congregational youth advisors, parents, lay leaders and teens.

- Minimum of monthly communication

3.    Mentor and support the NFTY Pittburgh Teen Leaders Council (TLC) (comprised of up to 2 teens per congregation)

- Ten monthly face-to-face meetings of the TLC

4.    Keep clergy group informed of the progress of NFTY Pittsburgh

- Two in-person reports regarding progress of NFTY Pittsburgh to clergy group each year

5.    Engage each congregation in NFTY Pittsburgh

- Universal participation across the congregations

6.    Coordinate professional learning forPittsburgharea youth professionals

- Minimum of once per year

7.    Develop relationships with each congregation

- Minimum of 2 congregational visits per year

8.    Engage clergy and other Jewish professionals in ways that are supportive to youth engagement

- Reach out to specific clergy and professionals for specific tasks

9.    AttendPittsburgharea youth professionals meetings

10.  Consult with on-site mentor at least 2 (but no more than 4) hours per month

11.  Consult with NFTY Director as needed – minimum of 2 hours per month

12.  On-going evaluation of self, programming and process

- Create a simple vehicle to evaluate successes of the components of NFTY Pittsburgh

- Participate in self-evaluation withMentorand NFTY Director

13.  Attend 2 NFTY Regional Events per year with teens

14.  Work collaboratively with the NFTY Regional Advisors to implement NFTY programmatic components such as annual NFTY Social Action and NFTY Study Themes



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Youth work, Social media, Communication, Organizational, Coaching, Mentoring, Interpersonal, Decision making, Problem-solving, Project management


Core Competencies:

1.    Mentorship and Coaching Orientation: Clearly and comfortably delegates appropriate tasks and decisions to youth; appropriately shares authority and responsibility; sets clear objectives and measures, monitors process, progress and results; builds feedback loops into the work.  Holds frequent development discussions; is aware of each Teen Leadership Council members’ strengths, challenges and limitations; encourages youth through mentorship; offers support and guidance to youth on a regular, on-going basis. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; empowers others; invites shared input and decision making.

2.    Supervising Youth: Is good at establishing clear expectations and setting clear direction; distributes the workload appropriately; provides regular and ongoing feedback about performance; proactively deals with substandard performance; engages disciplinary processes in a timely manner. Demonstrates ability to manage groups of teens. Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships with youth.

3.    Integrity, Ethics and Values: Adheres to an appropriate (for the URJ) and effective set of core values and beliefs; acts in line with and promotes those values; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain; responds to situations with constancy and reliability

4.    Positive and Joyful Demeanor: Recognizes the positive aspects of people and situations; responds to adversity with a positive attitude recognizing challenges as opportunities; maintains a joyful disposition; generally exudes positive energy.

5.    Informing Others: Provides the information people need to know; helps people understand the information and knowledge and its relevance to the task at hand; is timely and appropriate with information. Is able to write clearly and succinctly; can get messages across that have a desired effect; clearly articulates message content and projects an appropriate tone.

6.    Initiative: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for worthwhile activities; not fearful of taking calculated risks; seizes opportunities; sets demanding but achievable objectives for self and youth leadership

7.    Interpersonal Skills: Establishes good working relationships with all colleagues  and youth who are relevant to the completion of work; works well with others; builds appropriate rapport; considers the impact of his/her actions on others; uses diplomacy and tact; is approachable.

8.    Professionalism: Maintain calm tone and attitude when working with difficult people; valuing others’ opinions; not getting caught up in political/organizational dynamics; behaving appropriately as the responsible adult in all situations.

9.    Flexibility: Can effectively cope with change and uncertainty; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; and can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

10.  Decision Making and Problem Solving: Uses sound logic and to approach difficult problems and apply effective solutions; can distinguish between symptoms, causes and implied solutions; enlists the input of others on critical decisions; decides in a timely manner based upon a mixture of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.

11.  Project Management: Identifies the key objectives and scope of a proposed project; garners needed resources and project support, develops a realistic and thorough plan for achieving key objectives, keeps team members briefed on progress, implements action plans, communicates progress to all involved, identifies and resolves barriers and problems

Minimum Qualifications:

1.    Bachelors degree in related field

2.    Experience in youth work

3.    2 year commitment

4.    Ability to communicate and travel during day, evening and weekend hours

5.    Demonstrated skills with social media and related methods of communication

6.    Demonstrated organizational skills

Physical Requirements:

- Physical stamina to function and maintain focus and leadership for up to 3 consecutive days

- Ability to function on less than optimal sleep for 2 consecutive nights